Capture the Sunset on the Yellowstone River


    Added by Eric Schuette

    Catch a sunset along the countries largest undammed river. Enjoy the meadows of the Yellowstone valley, which is full of wildlife and beauty. There are miles of river access to decide what composition you would like to have (and to stay away from any bears, bison, or other wildlife that have similar ideas).

    The Yellowstone river is considered one of the most scenic and beautiful in all of the United States. It's grand canyon, waterfalls, and meadows filled with wildlife are all major attractions and rightfully so as they are all beautiful places.

    However, catching a sunset along the meandering river's meadows is truly an incredible experience. It is a very easy walk, although one does need to be aware of the resident bison and bears (as well as the bison patties spread throughout). The meadows are best between the Hayden Valley north of the Sulphur Caldron. Walking along the river, particularly early or late in the day, makes one feel like they have been transported in time back to when these wild places were the norm. It is a rare experience and one certainly worth taking.

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    4 months ago

    Beatiful spot!

    Reflections on the river are so pretty! Great spot.


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    almost 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful spot for sunrise too, especially with fog rolling off the river.


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    about 5 years ago

    Love this spot

    Hayden Valley is one of my two top spots in Yellowstone. I was just there in September of 2015 and watched a grizzly bear as the sunset. The sunset was beautiful that night and the area is amazing. Highly recommend.

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    about 5 years ago

    need to come back!

    it's been a long time since i visited but i remember the river sticking out as one of the most beautiful spots.

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